Today's article is going to take a close look at the best diet foods so you don't have to be confused about what to eat for weight loss and healthy living. According to Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, author of Why Diets Fail and How To Make Yours Work, at least 90% of people who go on diets fail.
The reason for this is complex, but some of the reasons include the following:
* People often don’t enjoy the food on their diet.
* The diet isn’t sustainable, long-term.
* People don’t get enough well-rounded nutrition on the diets they’ve chosen.
So what we decided to do today is peel back the covering on some of the most popular diets out there and the food they recommend you eat so you can decide for yourself which way of eating is the best for you.
We know there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Hopefully, by the time you finish reading today, you’ll know the best diet foods for your lifestyle.
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<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">First Things First: What Is A Diet?</p></h4>
Nowadays, the word diet has such a bad name...so we want to take a moment and clear up a few things.
<h5>First of all...what is a diet?</h5>
At Warrior Made, we consider a diet to be nothing more than the food you eat on a daily basis.
Your diet provides you nutrition and energy for the day…and it really shouldn’t be considered a thing you do every now and then just to lose weight.
Your “diet” should help you lose weight when you need it and maintain that weight loss once you’ve reached your goal.
Not only that, but the food in your diet should give you all the energy you need to get through your day. You should have all the energy you need to exercise, do your job, and spend time with your family.
So...please don’t look at a diet as a bad thing. It shouldn’t be a fad. It should be a way of life.
That written, let’s get into today’s most popular diets so you can fully understand them and the food they recommend eating.
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</div>The Mediterranean Diet has been around for a long time, and the food this diet recommends are pretty healthy.
Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s, Dr. Ancel Keys studied the people of Crete and their eating habits.
He discovered that they lived longer than the average person on earth, and they used a lot of olive oil in their diet.
One pretty amazing thing about the Mediterranean diet is that it seemed to help people have healthier hearts and brains.
<h5>Here’s what you can eat on the Mediterranean Diet:</h5>
* Red meat, sweets, and refined breads, pasta, and potatoes (sparingly)
* Eggs, potatoes, olives, nuts, poultry, and fish (daily)
* Fruits and vegetables - daily
* Whole grains and pastas, olive oils, other plant oils, and less than 5 ounces of red wine (daily). If you’re a man, less than 10 ounces of red wine (daily).
* Water (daily)
According to Dr. Keys, this diet was well-rounded, heart healthy, and if you stuck to it, you’d be able to more easily lose weight and keep it off.
Now...food today is processed very differently than it was in the 1950’s and 1960’s, so we strongly recommend against gluten-based breads and pastas. There are lots of gluten-free versions available to make this diet the healthiest it can possibly be.
But even though you can swap out gluten for safe substitutes, gluten isn’t the only problem with the Mediterranean diet. This diet allows for one, big food that is the root cause of a lot of inflammation for people, today - alcohol.
I’m not going to rail against alcohol because I know it’s a big part of the social norm; however, you need to be aware that alcohol is a neurotoxin.
That simply means it’s toxic to your nervous system. Not only that...but when you drink, your liver stops doing everything to metabolize fat.
Its only agenda is to get the alcohol completely out of your system. That’s bad. Same with legumes. Beans are inflammatory because of the amount of lectins in them. Lectins naturally destroy tissue...which is bad news for your digestive system.
<h5>So...while this diet is really popular, we don’t recommend it.</h5>
But let’s not stop with this diet because it’s not the only one on our list. Next up...the Paleo Diet.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Best Diet Foods - The Paleo Diet</p></h4><div class="text-center my-5">
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The Paleo Diet is incredibly popular. The earliest mention of it can be traced back to a Gastroenterologist named Dr. Walter Voegtlin.
He wrote a book about the Paleo Diet in 1975, but his ideas weren’t made popular until around 2002 by Dr. Loren Cordain, PhD.
Cordain specializes in nutrition and exercise physiology and is basically the founder of the modern Paleo movement.
The Paleo Diet focuses on whole food that our early ancestors probably ate. It’s been proven to be heart healthy. You improve its effects by accompanying the diet with exercise.
Here are the main foods you should eat on the Paleo Diet: meat, fish, eggs, fruit, vegetables, seed, herbs, spices, oils, and healthy fats.
Another thing is that it’s pretty flexible, depending on your eating habits and needs.
See, depending on the time of the year and what part of the world paleolithic humans lived in, they may have eaten more carbs and lots of plants or they may have eaten few carbs and lots of meat.
What you want to avoid on the Paleo Diet are the following: sugar and high fructose corn syrup, all processed foods, legumes, grains, dairy, certain vegetable oils, trans fats, and artificial sweeteners.
The reason is simple. The above aren’t whole foods, or they are whole foods that are high in lectins (legumes and grains). Lectins damage the gut and can mess with your digestion.
Lots of people love the Paleo Diet, but they also often feel like it’s unsustainable, long term because they miss out on lots of things they love to eat on occasion. They also don’t lose weight quickly while eating Paleo...which can be discouraging.
<h5>So let’s look at the next diet - The Flexitarian Diet.</h5>
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Best Diet Foods - The Flexitarian Diet</p></h4>
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This is a diet that not a lot of people have heard of, but it deserves mention because it’s so healthy. “Flexitarian” blends two words - flexible and vegetarian.
And it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s mostly vegetarian but it occasionally allows for meat. Also, it’s less about taking away food from your diet and more about adding foods.
To become a flexitarian, all you have to do is add 5 foods into your diet - meat alternatives that are filling like tofu, beans, lentils, eggs, and peas; fruits and veggies; grains, nuts, and seeds; dairy or dairy alternatives; and healthy sugars (think agave and honey) and spices for flavoring.
Some people on this diet eat plant-based 6 days a week and then have their favorite meat-filled meal on the 7th day.
Others only eat meat one a day and make all the others plant-based.
It’s super flexible...and people who eat this way weigh, on, average, 15% less than people who don’t. The main problem we have with this diet is the inclusion of gluten - which is high in lectins and damages your gut.
The other problem is that you’re unlikely to lose weight or reach your goals quickly, which, again, can be demoralizing for those of use who want to lose a fair amount of weight quickly.
But no worries. There are two more diets to explore. Next up on this list of the best diet food is the Ketogenic Diet!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Best Diet Foods - The Ketogenic Diet</p></h4>
The Ketogenic Diet is pretty controversial, depending on who you listen to. But the main reason for that is because it creates weight loss results so quickly. The food you can eat on this diet are all low-carb and high-fat.
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Now, some people believe in slow weight loss over time, while others believe that the faster you can get to your weight loss goal and the easier you can maintain it, the more likely you’ll be to stick with a certain way of eating.
The Ketogenic Diet ensures that those who follow it start losing weight quickly - often in a matter of days.
The reason for this is because a low-carb, high-fat diet puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.
Normally, your body takes carbs, turns those into sugar and uses sugar for energy.
But with the Ketogenic diet, your body flips a switch and burns fat rapidly, instead.
And this is the huge distinction that has made the Keto diet so popular.
According to both the Mayo Clinic and Harvard University, there are a host of additional benefits for the Ketogenic Diet.
It’s been proven to lower blood sugar levels, which is great for diabetics. It’s also been shown to help improve brain function, reduce cholesterol, and even reduce seizures in epileptic people!
The only problem with Keto is that it can be challenging to follow for a long time - which means it often has a high failure rate.
But we have a simple solution for that!
Now, before we share our recommended solution, let’s talk about one more “diet” that’s become popular in the past, few years - Intermittent Fasting.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Best Diet Foods - Intermittent Fasting</p></h4>
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Now, clearly, Intermittent Fasting isn’t really a diet.
It is, however, a way for you to significantly boost your results, and it comes with all sorts of health benefits that you might not be aware of.
So...normally, we eat 3 times a day. And we might snack a little in between meals if we get hungry.
After our last meal of the day - which is dinner for most people on a regular 9-5 schedule - we tend to wind down and prep for bed...not eating again until the next morning.
Now, follow us, here.
When you eat the following morning, that first meal is called breakfast. You’re literally breaking a fast that started with your dinner and ended with the following morning’s meal.
And that, in a nutshell, is what intermittent fasting is.
It’s not eating for 16 hour stretches or maybe fasting for 24 hours once or twice a week. Early humans didn’t have access to a refrigerator so they couldn't get food whenever they wanted like we do.
They often had to go 24 hours without food...and the funny thing is fasting has a lot of benefits to your health and fitness.
Fasting forces your body to use fat for energy since it doesn’t have ready access to sugar.
It also lowers your blood sugar levels and boosts your immune system.
On top of that, Intermittent Fasting has been proven to make the brain more healthy, potentially ward off Alzheimer’s Disease and cancer, and reduce whole-body inflammation.
So...Of All The Best Diet Foods Out Here, Which Is The Best One To Choose?
In our opinion, people are so complex that they really need more than one option. From what we’ve found, when you’re trying to lose weight or maintain your ideal weight, there are only 3 types of diet foods that seem to work.
Thankfully, they fit pretty neatly into 3 of the diets we just shared.
Those diets are:
* The Paleo Diet...
* The Ketogenic Diet...and
* Eating whatever you love...
And if you add Intermittent fasting to that, you’ll have a method of eating that you can use for the rest of your life with zero health risks, whatsoever.
The best diet foods are foods that are low-carb and high in healthy fats. They force your body into ketosis and keep you feeling fuller for longer so you don’t slip up and make mistakes in your eating.
Both high-protein Paleo and Keto allow you to eat protein and veggies. They also include healthy fats.
And eating whatever you like (on a schedule) keeps you from feeling like you’re gonna die of boredom from dieting.
Intermittent Fasting kicks everything up a notch.
When you put them all together the right way, you have a great recipe (no pun intended!) for quick weight loss and a lot of energy. Not only that, but you’ll be able to sustain this for as long as you want. How is this possible?
In order to sustain a proper way of eating, you have to eat foods you love: including desserts.
Because of a breakthrough in ketogenic recipes, now you don’t have to tell yourself no all the time, and you’ll be able to treat yourself without ever feeling guilty for it. Here’s your solution:
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Keto Sweet Treats Cookbook: Sugar Free, Low Carb Desserts that Curb your Cravings!</p></h4>
This is the key to eating real food that your body (and your family’s bodies) will truly love. In fact, individuals who have worked with us have easily and painlessly lost 10-25 pounds in a matter of just 6 weeks.
Over and over again they tell us that it feels great to eat food that’s good for them and it’s even more amazing to have a body they love!
So, want a way to eat healthy foods without feeling guilty for tripping up and eating sweets? Want to eat real foods and have desserts as often as you want? Want to feed your family sweets but never know what you should or shouldn’t be feeding them?
<h5>Click <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/keto/sweet-treats-cookbook/">HERE</a> to get 77 DELICIOUS ketogenic Dessert Recipes Today!</h5>
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